Going to extra-time with Equatorial Guinea on Sunday has since seen forward Jade Boho Sayo go the extra mile for Bristol Academy.
After helping the Central African nation end Nigeria's hopes of reaching next year's Rio Olympic Games with a 2-1 home win, Jade missed her initial connection to Madrid.
But with relegation-threatened Bristol Academy preparing for a crucial Women's Super League trip to Notts County on Wednesday, the 28-year-old instead went via Frankfurt on an exhausting 15-hour journey back to England.
In the 4,000-mile trip back to Bristol, Jade managed to clock up almost twice the miles that her Vixens team-mates will travel in an entire league campaign.
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The former Atletico Madrid player, who has scored four goals in three games for Bristol since arriving from Rayo Vallecano last month, touched down on Tuesday morning and was due back at training in the afternoon.
Manager Willie Kirk, who picked Jade up from the airport, told BBC Sport: "I dropped her off and she was off for an hour's sleep.
"A short sleep, short training session then a long sleep is the agreement for today."
When Jade last flew back from international commitments with Equatorial Guinea - following the first-leg of their Olympic Games qualifying tie against Nigeria - she came off the bench to score twice as Bristol claimed their first win of 2015, ending an 11-match winless run.
With Bristol bottom of the table and without a league win this season, Kirk wants Jade to start against the Magpies.
"We'll have to put our 11 best players out there tomorrow," he said.
"We'll get a feel for how she is in training. I'm sure she will be desperate to play.
"When the game went to extra time and she missed her original flight we were a little worried. It has been a long couple of days for her."